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The Mapmaker’s Children by Sarah McCoy

I love reading historical fiction that teaches me about a different era and puts me into  that time’s mindset.  Historical fiction writer Sarah McCoy has succeeded with The Mapmaker’s Children, which juxtaposes present day West Virginia with the times of the … Continue reading

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Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande

Atul Gawande tackles one of the hardest conversations we have in society today–what to do at the end of our lives?   Many in the medical profession have always tried to prolong a life at any cost and at a huge detriment to the … Continue reading

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Book Review: This is the Story of a Happy Marriage by Ann Patchett

I smiled and  turned to my husband as I was reading Ann Patchett’s latest, “This is the Story of a Happy Marriage,” and said, ” I wish I could be friends with Ann Patchett.”  While many readers know the author … Continue reading

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Book Review: Mother Daughter Me: a memoir by Katie Hafner

More commonly known for her books about technology, journalist and author Katie Hafner has written a gem of a memoir in Mother Daughter Me.  The book starts out as Hafner is moving her  elderly mother from San Diego, where she … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Dinner by Herman Koch

I was interested in reading this novel, The Dinner, after reading several reviews that compared it the European version of  Gillian Flynn’s novel, Gone Girl.  An international best-seller written  by Amsterdam writer, Herman Koch, The Dinner is an extremely disturbing … Continue reading

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For Downton Abbey Fans

Now that Season 3 of Downton Abbey is starting to wind down, if you are looking for something to tide you over here are a few new titles you might be interested in  reading: Mistress of My Fate  by Hallie … Continue reading

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Audio Review: Calling Invisible Women by Jeanne Ray

Some people wish for the power of invisibility, but this is not the case in the story Calling Invisible Women by Jeanne Ray, Ann Patchett’s mother.    This novel starts out with the main character, Clover, a fifty-something reporter and … Continue reading

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The Homecoming of Samuel Lake

The Homecoming of Samuel Lake by debut author, Jenny Wingfield, was one of my favorite books of 2012!   The story starts in the deep south of Arkansas in the 1950’s, as the Moses clan gathers for its annual summer reunion … Continue reading

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